Two Yorkshire factories try to tackle housing crisis
The UK is entering a new era of prefab homes with the opening of a Yorkshire factory that will build fully- fitted three bedroom homes with a price tag as low as £65,000.
Eight houses fitted with kitchens and bathrooms will roll off the production line every day in Knaresborough, to be loaded on to lorries for delivery across the country. Experts have hailed it a revolution in British housebuilding that would slash the 40 weeks it could take to build a traditional home to just 10 days.
Prefab homes prices starts from £65,000
The factory cost of a two or three-bedroom home would be from £65,000 to £79,000, although that excludes the cost of land, on-site assembly and connecting the home to services, which could double or triple the final price.
The plant, operated by the UK company Ilke Homes told that it would produce 2,000 houses a year, rising eventually to 5,000, which would catapult it into the top echelon of volume housebuilders in the country.
In the meantime, the insurance company Legal& Genral has built a vast factory outside Leeds which it said would build 3,500 homes a year, with the first two and three bedroom homes being delivered in the past few weeks. It said it intended to build similar factories in locations across the UK, which would turn L&G into a bigger builder than Persimmon or Barratt Developments.
The term prefab has been shunned by the new housebuilders. The new buzz phare, with its connotation of low- quality, postwar emergency housing, has instead been described as “modular construction.” Developers have been promising homes built to higher standards than those using traditional methods. They also claim energy bills would be half that of a conventional home due to better insulation.
Source: The Guardian